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They did not weigh my carry-on in LA, but it was Premium Economy. I doubt they weighed them for economy either. I had my packed vest in my carry-on and had put it on just in case. They do allow a thin lap top bag, so I had 15 lbs. in it, 15 lbs in the carry-on, plus 18 lbs in the vest, which fit in the carry-on.

 

They didn't weigh the carry-on from Auckland to Tonga in Economy class. They did weigh the carry-on on the ANZ flight originating in Tonga.

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LAX is very random. It really depends on how full the flight is. CX weighed for Econ and Prem Econ just last week, but it was overbooked fuller than full. I ended up getting upgraded and had to carry my travel buddy's bag because he was stopped at the gate! Opps I shouldn't admit that out loud! :)

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Auckland/LAX

 

I live in NZ and travel to the US about 6 times a year. More noise recently but I’ve rarely seen them weigh anything (only large wheeled carryons). I bought an Aquatica housing back in a backpack (handles off) just wrapped in bubble wrap along with a macro port, mini dome, DS125 and a laptop and a few other heavy items. Plus I had a small camera bag with a body and 3 lenses in it and an 8 inch dome port in a separate box. It all weighed a ton but they didn’t even blink at it. No surprise I guess but the trick is looking like it is small. Great airline and if you did have any issues but explained the sensitivity of the gear I wouldn’t be surprised if they let you though.

 

If you need to check stuff in I have always had my gear arrive at both ends between LAX and Alk either way. Lax to other US destinations is a completely different story.

 

As an aside, when I bought my Aquatica home I had the handles in my checked luggage and they went missing along with 2 ikelite optical converters. My luggage had been searched in Fresno by TSA so I contacted them and they just sent me claim forms. Two months later I was passing through Fresno and I stopped by the lost and found and they actually found the handles, so it was definitely TSA who misplaced them. Never got the optical converters back.

 

Hope that helps. Cheers.

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I am visiting the Canary Islands quite often, Binter Canarias has a tight allowance for Hand luggage (22*33*44cm, 6kg). Therefore never flown them yet, always took the ferry....

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What are the rules about taking the housing with camera, port, lens just openly on the shoulder? It's good 6-7kg. Does it fall under carry-on luggage?

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What are the rules about taking the housing with camera, port, lens just openly on the shoulder? It's good 6-7kg. Does it fall under carry-on luggage?

 

If worn on the body, doesn't it then become fashion accessories and not gear?

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If worn on the body, doesn't it then become fashion accessories and not gear?

I hope so :) But I'd like to get more descriptive answer

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Egypt Air flight - Johannesburg-Cairo-Amman return:

In Johannesburg we had some troubles with check-in luggage. We traveled in two with 2 check-in cases, total weight was below limit, but we were forced to redistribute weight to not more than 23kg per case :(. It's the first time in my experience such stupid requirement applied :( :( :(. I did hide my back-pack from check-in counter and successfully passed the boarding

Cairo - nobody care about anything :)

Amman - nobody care about anything :)

Cairo - nobody care about anything :)

Edited by LeeCat

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Emirates flights Johannesburg - Dubai - Male return and local flight Male - Baa Atoll return:

All Emirates flights - no problems at all (30kg luggage allowance) and not too much worry about carry-on items

Male - Baa - had to pay for over-weight as all items were weighted and I didn't find the way to hide the back-pack

Baa - Male - no problems, as there's no place to put scale :)

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Amman - nobody care about anything :)

 

 

Coming back from Aqaba in June, I ran into problems in Amman. Like most of you I presume, I normally hand carry both my computer and regulator, and my video system. I have never had a problem with this on any prior flight. In Amman, as I was going through the security screening, I got pulled aside for them to look at my hand luggage after going through the X-ray machine. No problem, that's normal and expected by now. However, I got an inspector who had no idea what I was carrying and would not allow me to carry either of those bags onto the plane. I fussed, and got him to bring his supervisor over - who agreed with him. They forced me to go back to check in and check the the two additional bags, and made me pay for the additional baggage. Of course, I had carefully gotten rid of all my JD's by now, and their VISA card reader was having computer problems at the time, so that was an additional aggravation. Additionally, since I always hand carry my video camera, there were no locks on my Pelican case. Needless to say, I was extremely unhappy about the entire process and worried if my gear was going to be pilfered before I got it back. As it turned out, everything arrived safely back home, but I was a mess for the entire flight back home. It really put a sour taste onto what had been a good trip.

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Coming back from Aqaba in June, I ran into problems in Amman. Like most of you I presume, I normally hand carry both my computer and regulator, and my video system. I have never had a problem with this on any prior flight. In Amman, as I was going through the security screening, I got pulled aside for them to look at my hand luggage after going through the X-ray machine. No problem, that's normal and expected by now. However, I got an inspector who had no idea what I was carrying and would not allow me to carry either of those bags onto the plane. I fussed, and got him to bring his supervisor over - who agreed with him. They forced me to go back to check in and check the the two additional bags, and made me pay for the additional baggage. Of course, I had carefully gotten rid of all my JD's by now, and their VISA card reader was having computer problems at the time, so that was an additional aggravation. Additionally, since I always hand carry my video camera, there were no locks on my Pelican case. Needless to say, I was extremely unhappy about the entire process and worried if my gear was going to be pilfered before I got it back. As it turned out, everything arrived safely back home, but I was a mess for the entire flight back home. It really put a sour taste onto what had been a good trip.

Sorry, I just provided my PERSONAL subjective experience without any attempt to generalize it. And I'm very sorry to hear such a story from you - I can imagine the frustration...

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Sorry, I just provided my PERSONAL subjective experience without any attempt to generalize it. And I'm very sorry to hear such a story from you - I can imagine the frustration...

 

No, I understand that you were giving your personal experience. I just had to vent and relate my frustration. It was no reflection on you. I just got unlucky, and happened to cross paths with an inflexible idiot, that's all.

Edited by SwiftFF5

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No, I understand that you were giving your personal experience. I just had to vent and relate my frustration. It was no reflection on you. I just got unlucky, and happened to cross paths with an inflexible idiot, that's all.

I'd add: inconsistent idiots.

By the way - how was the Aqaba diving?

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I'd add: inconsistent idiots.

By the way - how was the Aqaba diving?

 

Agreed about inconsistent.

 

Aqaba was very nice. The reefs were quite healthy, and we saw quite a lot of interesting fish and critters - especially for me, since all of my other clear water diving has been in the Caribbean. The first day that we were there, there was no wind, so the water was very flat and we could see the bottom at 75 feet quite well, so the vis was very good. My only complaint, if you'd call it a complaint, was that I am used to doing 4 or 5 dives a day at Coco View, and I was limited to 2 dives per day in Aqaba. However, I did enjoy the down time seeing an area that was very different from anything that I was used to. I hope that helps.

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Philippine Airlines have a 10 kg checked-in limit for domestic flights, which they enforce strictly. This can get very expensive due to most island-to-island travel being via Manila with a change of flights - so you have to pay twice.

 

At Busuanga airport (for Coron) they didn't have a card machine, so as I didn't have enough cash to pay the excess, I had to pay at the Manila end before they released my luggage. It was great to have that option, but there wasn't a credit card machine in the Arrivals hall either, so I had to go through to Departures and pay there. 30 mins delay. I'll definitely take enough cash next time.

 

Fortunately I never got my cabin baggage weighed.

Edited by JustinBeevor

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Any one out there have recent experience traveling within the Philippines with camera gear? I am trying to figure out what I can carry on and what I will have to check.

Thanks,

Joe

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Yes, I have. Never have I seen enforcement of weight limits for carry-on baggage on a domestic flight. But maybe I am lucky, as my m4/3 system fits in what looks like a normal backpack. Size is a different matter - maybe if I was using a Pelican hard case or a big Think Tank roller it would be different. But when I see the stuff locals drag on board (two bags plus a purse or backpack plus a box of donuts is not uncommon), I'd be pretty unhappy if they stopped me with one bag. Just be nice, look normal, use an international size bag, and don't push your luck is my motto.

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We travelled Manila/Busanga on Cebu Air in March this yr, it was an ATR flight and all our hold luggage was over and charged, pretty cheap. Cabin carry-on baggage wasn't weighed which was just as well as there were many camera s/regs/Rb bits, the overhead bins were quite shallow and a regular wheelie wouldn't fit. Check the airline dimensions.

Edited by johnohuk

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Wife and I just returned from Tubataha/Manila via Cebu Air.

175 lbs of luggage on 2 tickets cost US$80.00 over and US$135 return and gear was practically dry?

In Manila I used US credit card, but in Puerto Princess we returned via the newly opened airport.

No credit cards accepted and no money changers!

Thankfully a friend converted US$ for us or we would have been in the creek!

I had a small back pack, computer case and roll on, wifr had roll on.

No weighting or questions.

Push to get on early!

Edited by okuma

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I'm flying LAX to Cairns (on my way to PNG) on Virgin Australia. I've gone over their baggage rules. No where in it does it mention a personal bag. The carry on does state the 7kg/15lb limit so I'll have my photographers vest all set up to pull out to make weight.

 

Is it fair to assume a personal/computer backpack is OK? I could probably bet by without it.

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Cebu Pacific seems to be a lot more tolerant with excess baggage than Philippine Airlines. You can also book your excess allowance upfront. Gratefully we got this advise beforehand so booked with them. We had no issues at all with Cebu Pacific, also not with over-the-top handluggage.

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Recently flew with SAA and Air Avianca to Galapagos and was surprised to pass through all airports without hand luggage being weighed. You ate still only allowed one hand luggage item per person plus a camera or laptop or jacket( see webpage for more details).

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